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100 days of kicking fear in the butt
October is Mental Health Awareness Month, and 100 days of kicking fear in the butt raises awareness for this important health issue.
Tammy Hewitt and daughter Indie
30 September 2022
FOR local Kilcare resident Tammy Hewitt, 100 days of kicking fear in the butt marks an important time to have those difficult conversations and tackle the stigma that still surrounds access to mental health services.
Starting in June this year, Tammy started 100 days of facing each of her fears ranging from overcoming her fears of flying and heights to more personal and deeper challenges. In response to Mental Health Awareness Month, she says that this will keep going until the end of October.
“I want to inspire others to kick their fears. A lot of anxiety comes from fear of rejection, a fear that we are not good enough," Tammy Hewitt said.
“My car used to be a silver SUV but I worked with one of my sponsors at Signarama at Erina to give my car a colourful makeover with the messaging on it, hoping to spark those important conversations.”
For Mental Health Awareness Month, Tammy plans to drive up and down the east coast of Australia to raise awareness and encourage donations to five national charities that her campaign supports including ‘R U OK’, ‘Friends with Dignity’, and ‘Friend in Me’.
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, wants to see improvements in reducing stigmas and encouraging those who need help to feel comfortable in seeking it.
“Mental health needs to be taken as seriously as physical health. Not seeing it does not mean that it is not there," said Ms. Tesch.
“I thank Tammy for turning her own personal struggle into a source of light and love, and I am sure will lead to starting many needed conversations to be had both during and beyond Mental Health Awareness Month.”
To further help support the national charities, merchandise, including hats, footballs, and drink bottles, will be sold with all the profits going to the charities.
Tammy wants to see her campaign expand, hoping for services to be provided through technology to increase access and support to everyone who needs it.
“A lot of things still need to change around the stigma of speaking up, and I am deeply passionate about speaking my truth,” Tammy said.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, contact Lifeline 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.
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